Week 4: Session halfway point nears; more work ahead

Greetings from Tallahassee!

With the halfway point of the Legislative Session approaching, work continued during Week 4 in the state Capitol.

Much progress was made this week in shaping the state’s budget for the next fiscal year.

Unlike the Federal Government, Florida must balance its budget each year. As such, crafting the budget is a time of tough decisions, research, and study.

We have a duty to our constituents to ensure their tax dollars are being spent appropriately. We also owe it to our constituents to make certain government is living within its means, just as our constituents must do every day. I look forward to continuing to work on the budget in the coming weeks, and I welcome your input on programs which are important to you.

In addition, I was proud to support several bills on the floor of the Senate which were passed this week.

These measures included a bill helping our military children transition schools, a bill which provides exemptions from some fees to our veterans attempting to start businesses, and a bill to provide children in foster care more normalcy regarding decisions such as staying with a friend and participating in sports.

As always, it is my honor to serve you in the Florida Senate.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you.

Sen. Charles S. Dean